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Diet Coke - a word of warning!

LadyHelen

No Coffee, No Workee
S: 19st6.5lb C: 19st0lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 42.9 Loss: 0st6.5lb(2.39%)
#1
Until this week I was drinking vast, vast amounts of Diet Coke - as much as 2 litres a day sometimes. :eek: Having given up drinking, smoking and chocolate, it's about the only vice I have left!

Anyway - I've had to stop drinking it suddenly, having found myself extremely broke - out of money, in fact, until next week. "No problem", thought I, "I have coffee and sugar free squash, I'll be fine."

Oh. Holy. Sh!t. It's worse than giving up smoking. The irritability and headaches are beyond anything you'd believe, I can barely concentrate on what I'm supposed to be doing. :mad:

For the love of any god(s) you believe in, people, don't do what I've just done. If you drink a lot and decide to give it up, do it slowly! I had no idea it was possible to actually get physically dependent on the stuff, but I know now.

I shall be giving serious consideration to whether or not I'll be drinking it again in the future after this.
 
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pesty

Fighting the bulge
S: 13st13.5lb C: 13st2.5lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 31.7 Loss: 0st11lb(5.63%)
#4
OMG!! That's crazy!! I drink about 20 of the small glass bottles with Vodka on a saturday night!! I never thought that not having it would make you that bad! They should write a warning on them!!

Congrats on everything else you've given up by the way!!

xx
 
#5
yeah it will be the caffeine .. and diet coke has far more in as it makes up for the taste of no sugar ....... caffeine can affect your heart quite a lot, and can cause palpatations and rapid pulse ... and you get serious withdrawl if you cut it out
I started drinking coke zero when I was on cambridge diet and have this now as it has no caffeine ( I think ??)
 

CAPRICORN

Gold Member
S: 17st11lb C: 16st4lb G: 10st10lb BMI: 37.9 Loss: 1st7lb(8.43%)
#6
Hi LadyHelen
I guzzled litres of diet coke for years -when we moved out here I found that their Diet coke is still sweeter than ours and slightly less fizzy :confused:and I didn't like it -so I very rarely have it now -and I find I can't even finish a 500ml bottle :eek:. I also found that it just makes me thirstier :rolleyes:-so now I pretty much live on fizzy water at least 3-4.5lts a day :Dand I Love it....
I feel much better since I gave it up -
Hope the side effects wear off soon
 

Mummy_Helen

Silver Member
S: 14st7lb C: 10st12lb G: 10st12lb BMI: 22.4 Loss: 3st9lb(25.12%)
#8
Yes caffeine withdrawal is the worst!! You could go for a cheaper version of diet coke, like a store brand. I was a coke junkie :)8855: NOT that kind of coke) and went to pepsi max and had the same reaction. I've had to make a lot of changes to what I drink lately due to different effects things have on my body.
 
#9
I too am a DC addict. Yesterday I was doing so well, didnt have any all day, just water until teatime. Then I had the DC and BAM, headache central. Thats just not fair.
 

elizabeth

Silver Member
S: 19st1lb C: 8st11lb G: 9st10lb BMI: 21.8 Loss: 10st4lb(53.93%)
#11
It's surprising what diet fizzy drinks do to your body. There's been some research indicating that they may actually lead to weight gain, apparently they make your body expect sugar and when it doesn't get it, you get cravings to eat more of whatever you're having that day. My mother who has type 2 diabetes and a weight problem was specifically told by her nurse to avoid diet drinks for that reason.

I used to drink absolutely gallons of the stuff for years, but gradually cut it out. I don't miss it to be honest.
 

zombiecakes

Will be slinky!
S: 14st12lb C: 13st3lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 26.5 Loss: 1st9lb(11.06%)
#12
Diet coke addict here too. I don't think it's the caffeine i'm addicted to though because i Diet Coke withdrawl headaches and no amount of coffee or tea will shift it (i get caffeine withdrawl headaches too), only Diet Coke gets rid of it, so i think they put something in it that is addictive as well as the caffeine! The bf and I joke that there's liquid crack in it as we're both horrifically addicted to it!
 

LadyHelen

No Coffee, No Workee
S: 19st6.5lb C: 19st0lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 42.9 Loss: 0st6.5lb(2.39%)
#13
Zombiecakes, I was about to say this actually, I don't think it's the caffeine either - I've been guzzling coffee to try and make myself feel better this afternoon and it's not helping :( I'm wondering if it's the aspartame sweetener (which is known to be vile stuff anyway) or something else in it?
 

zombiecakes

Will be slinky!
S: 14st12lb C: 13st3lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 26.5 Loss: 1st9lb(11.06%)
#14
Zombiecakes, I was about to say this actually, I don't think it's the caffeine either - I've been guzzling coffee to try and make myself feel better this afternoon and it's not helping :( I'm wondering if it's the aspartame sweetener (which is known to be vile stuff anyway) or something else in it?
I'm not even sure it's the sweetener as i tried other things (in same quantity as i drank Diet Coke) that contained aspartame and it made no difference :confused: Much /hugs for you! Diet Coke is something i couldn't live without.
 

LadyHelen

No Coffee, No Workee
S: 19st6.5lb C: 19st0lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 42.9 Loss: 0st6.5lb(2.39%)
#15
Oh dear, god knows what they put in it then! :(
 

LadyHelen

No Coffee, No Workee
S: 19st6.5lb C: 19st0lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 42.9 Loss: 0st6.5lb(2.39%)
#16
Congrats on everything else you've given up by the way!!
Thanks :) Giving up the booze wasn't voluntary (I developed epilepsy when I was 25 and the medication doesn't play well with alcohol) but the other stuff was. And I do feel better for it!
 

LadyHelen

No Coffee, No Workee
S: 19st6.5lb C: 19st0lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 42.9 Loss: 0st6.5lb(2.39%)
#17
I started drinking coke zero when I was on cambridge diet and have this now as it has no caffeine ( I think ??)
No, unfortunately Zero has the caffeine too. :( The only one that doesn't is the labelled caffeine-free stuff.
 

LadyHelen

No Coffee, No Workee
S: 19st6.5lb C: 19st0lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 42.9 Loss: 0st6.5lb(2.39%)
#18

I feel much better since I gave it up -
Hope the side effects wear off soon
Here's hoping I do too! And I've found that too with Diet Coke on the continent -pretty much everywhere I've been, France, Spain, Canary Islands, there's been a weird taste to it.
 

LadyHelen

No Coffee, No Workee
S: 19st6.5lb C: 19st0lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 42.9 Loss: 0st6.5lb(2.39%)
#19
I had to cut out caffeine cos of my thyroid-had all the symptoms you describe -only lasted a week so you will be ok soon x
Thanks hon :)
 

LadyHelen

No Coffee, No Workee
S: 19st6.5lb C: 19st0lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 42.9 Loss: 0st6.5lb(2.39%)
#20
Yes caffeine withdrawal is the worst!! You could go for a cheaper version of diet coke, like a store brand. I was a coke junkie :)8855: NOT that kind of coke) and went to pepsi max and had the same reaction. I've had to make a lot of changes to what I drink lately due to different effects things have on my body.
I really don't like the cheaper ones to be honest, I think I'm better off not drinking it at all if I can avoid it, other than special occasions, when I go out for lunch with the girls etc.
 


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